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The Fearless Flyer

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In this episode we discuss the aircraft Auxiliary power unit (APU), some other ground support equipment equipment and talk a bit about engine starting.Click here to the video link showing a buddy start on a C130 Hercules, forward to around 3:30
In this episode James and Grant discuss the hydraulics, electrics and pneumatics that are the life blood of an aircraft, these systems drive all the components on an aircraft. As you'll hear, the design of these systems is well thought out with
Fire on an aircraft and subsequently how to deal with it has been well thought on today's modern jet aircraft. Lets take a journey and understand how crew deal with all the scenario's you could think of.
In this episode we discuss why we need to pressurise the cabin. We all hear that PA by the cabin crew before takeoff, "that in the unlikely event of a cabin depressurisation oxygen masks will appear..... etc, etc" so we'll talk about that, why
Here we discuss the airconditioned air and how some of it is recycled through special filters called HEPA filters, which actually saves on fuel burn. We also briefly touch upon the pressurisation system.
James and Grant discuss why we takeoff and land into wind, we look at what we do on those windy days with gusts and finish by discussing winds blowing across the runway which are called crosswinds.
We discuss slowing down in the air and other systems that contribute to ground braking in addition to the wheel brakes.Click here to watch a B757 perform a 3 point turn.
In this episode we discuss the undercarriage and have a bit more of a chat about the wheels and brakes.Click here to see  an interesting 4 minute video of the testing of the brakes as part of the B777 certification process. Its is a rejected ta
We discuss engines and have a a discussion about the difference between the piston and jet engines, then go into a bit more detail about the workings of a typical jet engine, we then finish with those vapour trails in the sky. Click here for a
In this episode we discuss the flaps and slats that are on the wing. Then the last 8 minutes of the show we get to know James.Click here to see a picture of them.You can contact us on social media or Email: [email protected]
There are a number of reasons why we fly so high, in this episode James and Grant discuss them, enjoy. Remember we are always open to feedback on any of our social media platforms below Email:    [email protected]:    @Fearl
The final episode on weather where we discuss strong winds, windshear, rain, hail, snow, lightening and space weather.Some links that might be of interest to you as discussed in this episode are;A pdf file file with some pictures of windshear,
In this episode Grant and James discuss clouds as clouds give us  a lot of information about what is happening in the atmosphere.If you want more information with some excellent pictures of clouds then click hereYou can contact us on social med
In this episode James and Grant discuss turbulence, what causes it and  how it is classified into  3 levels, what you can expect as a passenger in these 3 different levels and how the crew and pilots deal with each of these levels. We hope this
In this episode we talk to a senior Cabin Crew member about her role onboard, we discuss the meal service, the importance of fluid intake,  safety equipment and some other interesting aspects of her role that we as passengers don't see.
James and Grant discuss the basic flying controls; ailerons, elevator and the rudder, we also talk about fly-by-wire control systems then finish up on speedbrakes/spoilers. Around 16 minutes into the pod we go a bit heavy discussing the seconda
In this episode we discuss the 4 basic forces that affect every flightClick here for a diagram on the 4 basic forces on an aircraft Click here to see a quick video of the wake vortex generated from an aircraft wingYou can contact us on social m
In this episode we cover the basic concepts of aircraft design, a bit about testing including a more in depth look at testing a wing and then we go onto the fundamental aspect of flight, Lift.Click here to expand on this lift formula 
In this episode we have an interview with Doctor Martin Seif, a clinical psychologist with over 35 years experience in dealing with anxiety issues and specialising in those with a fear of flying. Those that want to delve further in Dr Seif's wo
Introducing the Fearless Flyer to our new listeners who have a fear of flying. Grant and James talk about how they plan to arm you with basic aviation knowledge with the intention of reducing your anxiety associated with air travel. You can con
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